The BJP ‘tsunami’ has swept Uttar Pradesh with the party wresting power from the Opposition after a 14-year gap during which regional parties such as the SP and BSP had held sway of the State.
Three Jamia alumni were in political battle and out of them only one could survive the Modi ‘tsunami’, with the SP’s Kamal Akhtar, a Cabinet Minister, also losing from his constituency.
Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali has succeeded in retaining his seat fromffro Mubarakpur in Azamgarh by defeating a SP candidate Akhilesh Yadav, not the UP chief minister.
Alam won for the second time staying at the top by bagging more than 70,000 votes.
After the massive win of the BJP in UP, the National Conference leader Omar Abdullah advised the Opposition to forget 2019 and start planning for the 2024 general elections.
“In a nutshell there is no leader today with a pan India acceptability who can take on Modi and the BJP in 2019. At this rate we might as well forget 2019 and start planning/ hoping for 2024,” he tweeted.
He posted: “How the hell did almost all the experts/analysts miss this wave in UP? It’s a tsunami not a ripple in a small pond (sic). Punjab, Goa and Manipur would certainly suggest that the BJP isn’t unbeatable but strategy needs to shift from criticism to positive alternate.
“I have said this before and I will say it again the voter needs to be given an alternative agenda that is based on what we will do better.”
“The prime minister has clearly established himself as the predominant leader in India,” said Aarti Jerath, a political analyst, on NDTV.
“BJP has reached new heights in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and changed the political picture of the country,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said amid scenes of jubilation at party offices in UP.